Saturday, 17 December 2016

Mango Gratitude

When Arthur was a baby, every night before bed I would talk to him quietly about the day we had had. The things we had done, the people we had seen. I read some things that suggested that was the wrong thing to do, that it would activate the mind when you want it to go to sleep, but it felt right to me and so I carried on regardless, there were no ill effects, Arthur has always gone to sleep with ease. 

As he got older, he started contributing to the conversation and we would talk together about our day. It then morphed somehow, I'm not sure when, to talking about the best things that had happened that day. Over the last few months it has changed again and become a practice of gratitude. We each talk about three things that we are most grateful for from our day. 

I'm sharing now because I found last night's gratitude conversation quite amusing. We had eaten mango for dessert after dinner. It was a very delicious mango. Our conversation went something like this. We definitely had more than three things each. Arthur started it, and ended it! 


A: I'm grateful for the amazing mango
E: I was going to say that! I am grateful for the person who picked the mango
A: I'm grateful for the mango tree that grew the mango
E: I'm grateful for the person that planted the mango tree that grew the mango
A: I'm grateful for the sun for ripening the mango
E: I'm grateful for the rain that the mango needed to grow
A: I'm grateful for the ground that its roots went in
E: I'm grateful for the farmer that looked after the tree 
A: I'm grateful for the truck that brought it to the shop
E: I'm grateful for the plants that lived many years ago that made the fuel to go in the truck that delivered the mango
A: I'm grateful for the shop for selling the mango
E: I'm grateful that we had money to buy the mango
A: I'm grateful that we bought two mangoes! [spoken with glee!]

Child showing gratitude for his food with a mango
Here he is, showing his appreciation to the second mango
when he woke up this morning! 

Love this kid!